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News and notes from around the interweb:
- If you haven’t already linked your Marriott and Uber accounts there’s a 3000 point bonus for doing so by December 31.
- Reportedly people are getting approved for the Bilt World Elite Mastercard with credit scores that are about what I’d expect,
Various data points suggest you need good or excellent credit to qualify for the Bilt Mastercard. Typically, that’s a FICO score from 670 to 850.
..To have the best approval odds, you may wait to apply with a 740 credit score or higher as that’s the start of the excellent credit range. However, a score iv
n the low 700s is also encouraging in many situations.
- 1500 bonus for signing up for Cathay Pacific Asia Miles by end of year the program is a transfer partner of Amex, Citi, Capital One and Bilt and imposes lower surcharges on British Airways awards than BA and American does.
- The career journey of the new Senior Vice President of Loyalty at Air France KLM (slightly edited):
So FlyerTalk is where I met Ben Smith, who was the number two at Air Canada at the time. And ultimately, he offered me, I told him I was interested in an internship. …[M]y internship was actually was the coolest thing. I was about 20, I sent him..a message on FlyerTalk saying, you know, I’m, I’m interested in working for Air Canada.
I’d been really passionate about the brand since I, since I was young…call me, you know, to his credit, he was willing to take a chance. And I called him and spoke to him and, and realized we were both kind of very passionate about aviation. Uh, and ultimately, he offered me an internship and I have to say it was probably the coolest job you could ever have at that age. I was effectively responsible for benchmarking the business class lounges of our competitors, and then designing the food and beverage menu for the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge.
…[W]hen I graduated, they offered me a full-time job and from there, I worked in, in various commercial departments, strategy and marketing and revenue management and all of that. And then ultimately, Ben started working directly for him. And then when he got the opportunity to move to Air France KLM, I joined him, and I was his chief of staff. And then moved into Flying Blue about six months ago.
- Delta says 29% of SkyMiles members have co-brand credit cards and frames that as an ‘only’ with upside. That number seems high to me, suggesting a disproportionately large number of dormant and/or very low-spend accounts dragging down average spend.
When Delta announced an extension with American Express in 2019, it said the agreement could be worth as much as $7 billion by 2023. Delta now expects to reach that goal one year later, in 2024. Hauenstein said Delta executives are elated, as the goal was a bit of a stretch.
“[CEO] Ed [Bastian] was the one who set this $7 billion goal back in 2017 or ‘18,” Hauenstein said. “And we all looked at each other and and thought, ‘oh my gosh, are we going to get there?’”
Now they are aiming higher. Hauenstein said Delta can push that number further, noting only 29 percent of SkyMiles members have a related American Express credit card. Historically, the airline has excelled at converting SkyMiles members into credit card holders.
- Merry Christmas from airBaltic.
- Airbnb wants your Chase account types, balances, and all of your financial transactions in order to book.
FYI: @Airbnb is now requiring that you "verify" with Plaid to book a stay with your Chase credit card.
Extremely concerning because Airbnb wants access to your bank account numbers, entire transaction history, financial data, and contact info.
Literally no reason for this pic.twitter.com/TC9hz0mwPO
— Plan More Trips (@planmoretrips) December 16, 2022